Melanie is married with four children. She is 31 years old and lives in Panta-on, Ozamiz City, Philippines. Melanie is a farmer who cultivates bananas and gardens to earn a living. She has been doing this for 5 years and every month she earns 4,000 PHP from this work. She has requested a loan of 7,000 PHP to purchase manure to use as fertilizer. Melanie has been a member of GDMPC since 2012. Her hope for the future is to improve their living situation.
Gata Daku Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GDMPC) was founded in 1992 by 32 farmer-members to empower people by providing livelihood opportunities and other support services. Today, it has over 15,000 members located in upland, lowland and coastal regions of the Philippines, and offers credit, savings, education, and various social services.